This all-star date incorporates the aggressive electric sound of guitarist Joe Beck with the fusion bona fides of bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb. These guys have been friends for some time and it shows in the excitement of the playing. Beck and his comrades mix it up rhythmically, sonically, electrically, and repertoire-wise. The group has no trouble taking on old ballads such as "I Love You" and "Just Friends" (check out Gottlieb’s brushes on the former and Egan’s full-throated approach on the latter.)
The trio pretty well keeps it between the ditches through-out the album until Beck’s & "Zanzibar" and "Get Ready" when the boys begin to stretch out and have fun. Egan gives a seamless solo on "Zanzibar." "Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise" is taken at a light-speed clip with out a lost note. There Will Never be Another You" is also taken at a fast clip and enjoys a fast Danny Gottlieb solo. & quot;Blues for Joe Farrell" becomes a bit psychedelic, showing off Beck’s rocking chops. Listening to this recording, it is hard for one to understand what Miles Davis was complaining about after the release of his expansive record Circle in the Round.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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